special
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special(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (noteworthy)
a. especial
My mom takes the tablecloth out on special occasions.Mi madre saca el mantel para las ocasiones especiales.
b. extra
Katy made a special effort to get a gift for each one of her cousins.Katy hizo un esfuerzo extra para conseguir un regalo para cada uno de sus primos.
c. de ocasión
The special offer at the pet store is only good until this Sunday.La oferta de ocasión de la tienda de mascotas es válida solo hasta este domingo.
2. (unique)
a. especial
My sister has a special interest in math.Mi hermana tiene un interés especial por las matemáticas.
b. en concreto
I don't think Manuel has anyone special in mind for the accounting position.No creo que Manuel tenga a nadie en concreto en mente para el puesto de contaduría.
c. en particular
Amy wanted to buy a gift for Caleb, but she couldn't think of anything special that he might like.Amy quería comprar un regalo para Caleb, pero no se le ocurría nada en particular que le pudiera gustar.
d. particular
The homeless have special problems that aren't obvious to those who have homes.Los indigentes tienen problemas particulares que no son obvios para los que tienen casa.
e. diferenciado
Our school district provides support for students with special needs.Nuestro distrito escolar ofrece apoyo a los estudiantes que requieren una atención diferenciada.
f. en especial
The party will be in July, but we haven't picked any special date yet.La fiesta será en julio, pero no hemos escogido ninguna fecha en especial todavía.
3. (dear)
a. querido
Alice traveled throughout Europe with her special friend Marta.Alice viajó por toda Europa con su querida amiga Marta.
4. (beyond the customary)
a. especial
The government sent a special mission to Afghanistan.El gobierno envió una misión especial a Afganistán.
b. extraordinario
Congress granted the president special powers to negotiate the trade deal.El congreso le otorgó al presidente poderes extraordinarios para negociar el tratado de comercio.
c. específico
The forest service granted the director special permission to film in the park.El servicio forestal concedió un permiso específico al director de la película para filmar en el parque.
5. (better than ordinary)
a. especial
Thank you for making my birthday a very special day.Gracias por hacer de mi cumpleaños un día muy especial.
b. del otro mundo
We enjoyed our trip to Omaha, but it wasn't anything special.Disfrutamos de nuestro viaje a Omaha, pero no fue nada del otro mundo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (culinary)
a. el plato del día
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The special is fettuccine in a mushroom Alfredo sauce.El plato del día es fettuccine en una salsa Alfredo de hongos.
7. (radio or television)
a. el programa especial
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There was a special on the senator's death on the radio.Hubo un programa especial sobre la muerte del senador en la radio.
8. (commerce)
a. la oferta especial
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Call now for this special!¡Llama ahora para conseguir esta oferta especial!
9. (transport)
a. el tren especial
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We're going to take the special to Dublin for the football game.Vamos a tomar el tren especial a Dublín para el partido de fútbol.
10. (journalism)
a. el número extraordinario
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There's a special in Thursday's paper about the backgrounds of all of the candidates.Hay un número extraordinario en el periódico del jueves sobre los antecedentes de todos los candidatos.
11. (official) (United Kingdom)
a. el auxiliar de policía
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la auxiliar de policía
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Specials were called to respond to reports of anti-social behaviour in a Gillett Square car park.Llamaron a los auxiliares de policía para responder a informes de comportamiento antisocial en un estacionamiento de Gillett Square.
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special
[ˈspeʃəl]
noun
1. plato (m) del día (on menu)
adjective
2. especial
  • it's nothing special no es nada del otro mundo
  • what's so special about the 19th of November? ¿qué tiene de especial el 19 de noviembre?
  • special agent agente (sustantivo masculino) especial
  • special Branch servicio (m) de seguridad del Estado (británico)
  • special delivery envío (m) urgente, ≅ postal exprés (m) (español de España)
  • special effects (cine) efectos mpl especiales
  • special needs necesidades (f pl) educativas especiales
  • special offer oferta (f) especial
  • special powers (política) competencias (f pl) extraordinarias
  • the special Relationship la relación especial existente entre Gran Bretaña y Estados pedazos
THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP Esta expresión se utiliza a menudo en el Reino Unido para designar los estrechos lazos que unen a este país con EE.UU., sobre todo en los ámbitos diplomático y político. Los lazos forjados por los dos países durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial y a lo largo de la guerra fría hicieron del Reino Unido el aliado privilegiado de la superpotencia americana. La Special Relationship vivió su apogeo durante los años 80, con Margaret Thatcher siguiendo una política decididamente proamericana, en detrimento de las relaciones con sus socios europeos. Tras la caída del comunismo, los líderes británicos han realizado esfuerzos para respaldar a EE.UU. en situaciones como las de la Guerra del Golfo de 1991, los ataques del 11 de septiembre de 2001, y la invasión de Iraq de 2003, en nombre de la Special Relationship.
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special [ˈspeʃəl]
adjective
1 (important, exceptional) [+occasion, day, permission, price, attention, diet] especial
this is a special day for me
my special chair mi silla preferida
what's so special about that? y eso ¿qué tiene de especial?
is there anyone special in your life? ¿hay alguien especial en tu vida?
special arrangements will be made for disabled people se tomarán medidas especiales para las personas discapacitadas
to take special care of sth cuidar especialmente de algo
in special cases en casos especiales or extraordinarios
to make a special effort to do sth esforzarse especialmente or hacer un esfuerzo extra para hacer algo
you're extra special tú eres lo mejor de lo mejor
can I ask a special [favour]? a special [kind] of toothbrush/telescope
to make sb feel special hacer que algn se sienta especial
my special friend mi amigo del alma
his special interest was always music siempre tuvo especial interés por la música
there's nothing special about being a journalist ser periodista no tiene nada de especial
it's nothing special no es nada especial; no es nada del otro mundo
She's a singer - not a bad voice, but nothing special there's nothing special about Chesterford
special powers (Pol) poderes (m) extraordinarios
what's [so] special about Mondays?
I've cooked something special for dinner he preparado algo especial para cenar
she's very special to us la apreciamos mucho
special to that country exclusivo de ese país
as a special treat como algo especial
to expect special treatment esperar un trato especial
the jam is made from a special variety of strawberry to get special permission to do sth they gave him special permission to go to the funeral they let us have it for a special price to pay special [attention] to sth you need to pay special attention to your spelling she paid special attention to the small details such as the floral arrangements she took special care of the pot plants while her mum was away don't worry, I'll take special care of it he made a special effort to be nice to her we made a special effort to tidy up the place you should make a special effort to be on time for interviews as a special treat my grandfather would take me to the zoo We had roast beef as a special treat My Hoover has \special attachments\ for curtains and upholstery The scientists dived down in special suits to walk on the bed of the sea. to have a special [place] in sb's heart Isobel will always have a special place in my heart; she was my first-born we only use them on special occasions he was glad his parents could be there on such a special occasion try to make your partner feel special this kind of attention is bound to make you feel special he makes me feel special the special powers would allow the government to make new laws and raise taxes at short notice tender moments with a special person
2 (specific) especial
a special tool for working leather una herramienta especial para trabajar el cuero
have you any special date in mind? ¿tienes en mente alguna fecha concreta or en particular or en especial?
is there anything special you would like? ¿hay algo que quieras en especial?
I had no special reason for suspecting him no tenía ningún motivo en especial para sospechar de él
"why do you say that?" — "oh, no special reason" —¿por qué dices eso? —por nada en especial
I've no-one special in mind no tengo en mente a nadie en concreto or en especial
"what are you doing this weekend?" — "nothing special" —¿qué haces este fin de semana? —nada (en) especial or nada en particular
Britain has its own special problems Gran Bretaña tiene sus propios problemas particulares
3 (Britain) (strange)
to be a bit special [+person] ser un poco especial
he's a bit special, that one
noun
1 (train) tren (m) especial; (TV) (Rad) programa (m) especial; (newspaper) número (m) extraordinario
the chef's special today's special la especialidad del día
2 (US) (special offer) oferta (f) especial
Grocery stores have to offer enough specials, often as loss leaders, to lure people into the store
to be on special estar de oferta
3 (Britain) (special constable) ciudadano que en determinadas ocasiones realiza funciones de policía
modifier
special adviser (n) consejeroaconsejera (m) (f) de asuntos extraordinarios;a consejera
He was a special adviser to the Prime Minister
special agent (n) agente (m) especial
Special Air Service (n) (Britain) regimiento del ejército británico que se especializa en operaciones clandestinas
Special Branch (n) (Britain) Servicio (m) de Seguridad del Estado
special constable (n) (Britain) ciudadano que en ciertas ocasiones realiza funciones de policía
special correspondent (n) corresponsal (m) especial
special delivery (n) correo (m) exprés
I have a special delivery for you special delivery [letter] the parcel arrived by special delivery
special edition (n) edición (f) especial
a special edition of the Bible to mark the 900th anniversary of Durham Cathedral a special edition of the news with live coverage of the elections
special effects (n) efectos (m) especiales
one of the special features of this camera is ... special general meeting
special interest group (n) grupo (m) de presión que persigue un tema específico
special investigator (n) investigadorainvestigadora (m) (f) especial;a investigadora
special jury (n) jurado (m) especial
special licence (n) (Britain) (Jur) permiso especial para contraer matrimonio sin cumplir los requisitos legales normalmente necesarios
I paid for a Special Licence and the marriage took place
special needs (n)
children with special needs special needs children niños que requieren una atención diferenciada
to have special needs special needs [teacher] Special needs teachers, particularly teachers for people with visual and hearing impairment, are also in demand special needs [children] The school has only two special needs children
special offer (n) (Comm) oferta (f) especial; oferta (f) de ocasión
special school (n) colegio (m) de educación especial
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